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Dioramas of subjects smallers than 1/32 scale.
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Carentan, Normandy (again)
ophelia53
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Missouri, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 01:36 PM UTC
It's September 18th, 2018. About 7 years ago (nearly to the day!) I started my first ever real diorama project. I'm the kind of person that jumps in with both feet with no real regard for process-thinking. That, of course, got me into trouble with this huge project!

The good news is, I've had a ton of practice and I'm actually really okay with re-starting things as long as I learned valuable lessons.


Luckily for me, I've learned so much in the last 7 years that this Carentan diorama has gotten better, though slowly, over time.

I'm retired now and have a lot more time to put towards working on the diorama, which makes me feel excited and happy. I've learned to enjoy the detail work as that is what makes the whole scene shine.

Back in 2011, there wasn't nearly as much information on the Overlord campaign as I needed in order to accurately represent the diorama, and I wasn't as good at doing my research and due diligence. I've learned that the research stage never really stops. Here's the original thread on this project.

I originally based this diorama off the show Band of Brothers. I love that mini-series and overall, I think it's really well done. But it turns out quite a bit of the Carentan scene layout was inaccurate at best, and non-existent in the real Carentan at worst. This made my original research essentially null and void. I have since found a lot more accurate information, photos, and narratives about the battle that took place there since 2011. I feel much more confident in my restart of the base and later on, the buildings.

These inaccuracies were first noticed as I was researching the factory. I popped into Google Earth to check out the town to see if my original layout on my base was even accurate. Of course it wasn't!

There is some elevation that I hadn't considered, so I took that into account when I started the base over. I got lucky and found a perfect piece of wood wrapped in some sort of white paper-like stuff in our basement! It's the perfect size (actually a bit smaller which means a bit more workable, I think) and measured out the roads in Google Earth before drawing them up on the base. Here's some of the research process:

A capture of the overview of the town as it is today - with the German machine gun nest noted inside the Cafe building. There was no Cafe de Normandie, but a Cafe Du Stade, now with a new lower store-front.



Here are some photos I capture from Google Earth of the area I am depicting in the diorama:









This last photo shows the elevation. To the left in the photo is where E Co. entered the town. Behind the pharmacy is a small alleyway that ends with a near direct-view of the Cafe. I can't find any information (yet!) on the original building or store that was here before the pharmacy. Right across the street of the pharmacy (to the right in the photo) is the Cafe.

Here is the new-new-new base of the part of the town I am depicting, which includes most of what is pictured above:



I am cutting the street from foam and "stamping" the cobblestones on and I decided to use cork for the hill.



That's basically all I've gotten done since last week's re-start. I am 'retired' now, so I've got a lot more free time to dedicate to my hobby! I am getting married soon which has been taking up a lot of my energy, but I'm not complaining about that at all!

Thanks for checking out my super slow progress on this project!
Sean50
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Manche, France
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Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 10:08 PM UTC
Welcome back...



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I can't find any information (yet!) on the original building or store that was here before the pharmacy.



Here you go:



What's now the Bar du Stade is the building on the extreme right of the photo.
I live half an hour from Carentan so let me know if you need any further info.

Cheers

Sean
ophelia53
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Missouri, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 11:39 PM UTC
Sean,
Thank you so much!!!! This is very helpful!
timcc2008
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Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 12:25 AM UTC
Looking forward to posts on your layout and the build. I will be following this one.

vr

Tim
Sean50
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Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 02:38 AM UTC

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Sean,
Thank you so much!!!! This is very helpful!



No problem. This may help too, although it's not best quality:



Cheers

Sean
ophelia53
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Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 04:33 AM UTC
Thanks Tim! Glad to have you along .

Sean, I donít see any cobblestone on the road. Was it another material by chance?
This overhead photo is helpful! Thank you
Sean50
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Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 06:48 AM UTC

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Was it another material by chance?



Looks like just asphalt with a lot of dirt and dust.
ophelia53
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Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 09:01 AM UTC
That makes this much easier then!
j76lr
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Posted: Thursday, October 04, 2018 - 07:33 AM UTC
great photos . I love these then and now pics !
jrutman
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Posted: Friday, October 05, 2018 - 01:19 AM UTC
I like your approach to the subject. Reminds me of something else I saw here once.
J